Thursday, May 21, 2015

Salmon Flies are Winding Down

Deschutes River

Trout
With the crazy winter we had and the warmer than average spring we are having, the hatches on the Deschutes have been put in overdrive. Normally right now the salmon fly hatch is just about to hit primetime. But this year we are already on the back end of the hatch. The salmon fly fishing is still good and should continue to be good for the next week or better. But with the salmon fly hatch possibly ending a bit sooner than most seasons, this will be a good or bad thing for some people. For those of you who usually hit it late this month you might miss it. But for those of you who prefer to dodge the crowds, fish smaller flies and go head hunting for rainbows in back eddies and soft shoulders, your time is fast approaching.



*Because of the mild winter, the Deschutes will be running a bit lower than most years. Which isn't a big deal because we still have plenty of water in the reservoirs that feed the Deschutes to get us through the year. We are excited for the lower flows because we will get to fish some spots that we have hardly ever, if ever fished before on the Deschutes in 19 years of guiding it. And that's the fun part about fishing, exploring new fishing holes.

Steelhead
Don't forget good numbers of steelhead start entering the Deschutes in just over two months. So if you are one of the people who enjoy getting up early, watching the sun rise and like to skate flies for summer steelhead, give us a shout soon. As of this season the BLM is limiting the amount of people floating the lower part of the Deschutes river. All in all this is a good thing, because this will keep the amount of pressure down on the river and make it even more enjoyable to fish.

This is one of the Dries we use for steel.


Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Here We Go

Even though we had a very warm and dry winter, the reservoirs that feed the Deschutes still have plenty of water in them to get us through the season. There's no question that the river will be running lower than most seasons. But the lower water could make for a fun season. It will allow us to fish spots that we normally wouldn't or couldn't get to. 

Deschutes River
The salmon fly season is here and kicking into high gear fast. This is the first year I've ever seen a Salmon Fly on the Lower Deschutes above the town of Maupin before the 1st of May. Fortunately, the bulk of the trout aren't fully locked on the big bugs yet. But it's just a matter of days until they are. If you want a chance to catch fish on salmon flies before the bulk of the people show up, nows the time. 


If you are one of those people that's not worried about fishing the big salmon flies and prefers to fish with few people around, then the Deschutes will be that place earlier than normal. Usually after the salmon fly hatch ends, the bulk of the people thin out rather quickly. Plus if you hit things right after the salmon fly hatch, it can be as good, if not better than any salmon fly fishing.  

Just like our salmon flies showing up early, so should our caddis season. Come mid to late June the caddis hatch should be in full swing this year. 


Owyhee
We just finished up our last trip of the spring on the Owyhee and things ended great. Because of all the warm and sunny weather we've been having, the Caddis have shown up early and in force. In the last two weeks the Owyhee River level went from a grim, 14 cfs to a nice 127 cfs. Usually when this happens it knocks the bite off for a few day. Now that the fish seem to have found their new homes, they are now back on the bite in a good sort of a way.


Here’s one of the last fish we caught of the spring. Nice work Bruce!

Tight Lines


Cory
Deschutes River Anglers